Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen predicted continued prosperity at the annual state of the city address, which hosted the full City Council, city staff and numerous local business owners earlier this month. “In 2014, I told you that the state of the city was poised,” Walen said, regarding her past years as mayor. “In 2015, I said the state of the city was strong. In 2016, I said the city was thriving. In 2017, I said that Kirkland was blossoming.